Second Bloom

I have had tablescapes on the mind lately. That always tends to happen right before Thanksgiving. Besides having great food, I think it very important to have an even better ambience. Candles, layers of necessary fabric, and decorative items that don’t distract, but engage. I have become even more inspired reading Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table by Alexis Clark. It is engaging in the way it sets up tables and flower arrangements by seasons. She offers incredible advice and unique ideas that you can implement at home. For example, using fresh herbs to make an arrangement more fragrant. She brings elements of wonder and intrigue to make dining more of an event than a task.

Here is a little peek of Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s  Art of the Table. 

You can purchase here

 

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Fall Tablescape

One slight drop in temperature here in Texas inspired me to get into the fall spirit. Since I am without little ones, I don’t really “halloween” things around the house. Instead, I prefer a more seasonal take on this autumn/thanksgiving season. I also don’t love using orange that much in my decor. In fact, i really don’t have much of anything with that color besides a punch or two of tangerine around. I like to infuse a bit of fall with white and green pumpkins, jewel tones, and chinoiserie blue & white pumpkins hand painted by some of my favorite artists.

I had the same approach with my fall tablescape this year. I wanted a dash of color, contrast, and functionality to add a punch of fall and festivity to my place settings. I hope you are inspired and feel free to “shop the look” in my links!

p.s. my soup spoon is incorrectly placed in some of these photos- I had to move it for space. Don’t be mad :)

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THE TABLE:

Pumpkin (like any flower arrangement- it ranges in price): 

The real winner of the table was my custom pumpkin centerpiece from Dr. Delphinium. I had jewel tones of  deep amethyst and boxwood green make a perfect contrast with the white pumpkin. LINK

Tablecloth ($168):

For my table, I chose a Poolside linen tablecloth from Sferra. It is one of the pricier items, but it is exceptional quality. There is nothing worse than a scratchy and cheap tablecloth!

Plates ($18, $22), Napkins ($15) and Water Glasses:

For my salad and dinner plates I went with Juliska’s melamine line that is dishwasher safe and unbreakable (always a good thing if you are cleaning up at the end of the night after a few glasses of wine). Also, a great way to use the “nice stuff” around kids or not so steady friends and relatives. The Forest Walk Napkins are of the highest quality and would go with any fall tabletop!

Chargers ($15) and Placemats ($14):

I added some texture and contrast with cork chargers and rich green snakeskin placemats from Caspari. I couldn’t find the Caspari chargers online anywhere, but Juliska makes similar ones that are a little more expensive!

Flatware ($79 for 20 piece set):

I love bamboo and I think gold glistens at the dinner table. For $79 you can get a 20 piece gold bamboo flatware set that serves four. It really added the right amount of chic and glam to the table! LINK

 

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PLACE CARDS:

All place cards created by Moore Ink. She works quickly and can do pretty much anything from envelopes to menus to gift tags and more! Can ship within the U.S. EMAIL: margmooreink@gmail.com LINK

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COCKTAILS AND APPETIZERS:

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I used Zephyr Gin to create an Apple Autumn cocktail! It was so delicious! Recipe: HERE 

Fall Tablescape by The Potted Boxwood 3 My favorite food blog is Half Baked Harvest. Her recipes are always unique, easy to make, and delicious. This Apple Butternut Squash Burrata Pizza was a huge hit! Recipe: HERE

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To purchase that gorgeous blue & white chinoiserie pumpkin click: HERE

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FALL DECOR:

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I ordered these hand painted blue & white pumpkins from Karolyn at The Relished Roost years ago. They are some of my favorite fall items. I blend them in with my other blue and white pieces and ALWAYS get compliments on how fresh and chic they are!

See my blue and white pumpkin from Dana at Indigo Home Shop above, next to the the Crispy Kale Autumn Salad!

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Spring Shower

Last Friday night called for showers in Dallas, but the most beautiful one happened on Saturday in honor of a wonderful and dear friend, Caroline. The setting was my favorite restaurant, Le Bilboquet, a restaurant I have frequented with her many a time. The side terrace with a boxwood wall and bistro chairs make for the ideal backdrop for any event. Beautiful flower arrangements in some of my favorite blue and white pots framed the tables. Gorgeous blue and white monogrammed napkins were my gift to the bride, and they tie in perfectly to go with the bride’s future china pattern.

Favors included votive size candles that were placed next to place cards created by my self-taught and incredibly talented friend, Margaret Moore. Her writing is incredible!! Overall, it was the ideal setting for a shower full of Rosé, french fries, good friends, and lots of laughter (and even a few tears)!

Enjoy these pictures of the festive and fun bridal shower!

Venue: Le Bilboquet

Napkins: Preppy Paper Girl

Place Cards: Moore Ink. 

Flowers: Cebolla

Favors: Diptique Candles

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Le Bilboquet provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect luncheon.

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Gorgeous monogrammed napkins by Laurie Byrne of Preppy Paper Girl @lboriginals.

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Cebolla Fine Flowers did the outstanding arrangements in my own blue and white vases.

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My very close friend Margaret Moore did the place card calligraphy. She is self taught and VERY talented!

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This beautiful cake was completed by Frosted Art Bakery. The fresh flowers made for the perfect spring touch. Also- the cake was SO yummy!

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Votive Diptique candles made for really sweet, simple,  and useful favors.

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I love how we split up the blue and white vases high and low. The more arrangements you have, the more you get a lush garden ambience- which was what I was going for!

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Dixon Rye

I love Atlanta. People often say it is like Dallas with more trees. They also have such a pulse on design. I mean think of all the greats there- Suzanne Kasler is based there, Phoebe Howard has a store there, plus Danielle Rollins is quite the tastemaking guru, Parker Kennedy Living resides there, and my favorite monogram queen, Laurie Byrne is there as well. It is also home to the always chic design of Bradley Odom.

Bradley recently opened a new home store in the area called Dixon Rye. He has such an eye for collected, chicly effortless, and dimensional design. There is something so refreshing about his style. It is like a breath of fresh air with a hint of something woodsy. Maybe it is just his ability to combine texture with a clean palette and classic lines. Whatever it is, it surely makes Dixon Rye a place I am desperately ready to frequent.

I had the opportunity to send him a few questions about Dixon Rye. Feast yourself on the beautiful images of his store and his wonderful vision for making Dixon Rye a design destination.

For design work of Bradley Odom, founder and curator of Dixon Rye, please click here.

Photos courtesy of Domino Media Group

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How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?

Dark and moody—masculine colors with over the top texture. At Dixon Rye we talk a lot about identifying the hero of a room and letting it be a hero. For me personally, the hero is usually something leather or a cool architectural find.

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What hopes do you have for Dixon Rye?

I always say that first and foremost we are a creative brand. We are a retail shop and we offer design services but a creative process informs every decision we make. It’s an atmosphere where lasting relationships are formed, consumers are educated about where things are made. It is always a question of how products are made, who made them and why that matters. We pay special attention to all details from the music we play, the packaging, and of course, the friendly experts you engage with. We’ll continue to grow our DR Collection and our online presence.

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What are your design pet peeves?

Not considering scale and volume of a space or an individual piece, especially lamps! We like to ensure that lamps are the appropriate size in relationship to the table and room. Sounds simple but it’s something I notice and it stands out like a sore thumb to me.

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Best advice you ever received about design/decor?

One of my former professors once said, “A good idea is just that, a good idea, until you actually spend time working out the details and ensuring it actually works.”

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Who inspires you?

I love the work of Billy Baldwin. He was one of the greats that never missed an opportunity to add an interesting detail to an otherwise basic piece of furniture—and we’re both Sagittarius. Recently, I’ve been inspired by Meyer-Davis. Their ability to mix materials is awe-inspiring.

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What is on your nightstand?

Books! Sounds so expected, but I love being surrounded by inspiration. I also have a favorite piece of art that my Mom gifted me which leans on the wall off of my nightstand, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say my iPhone.

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Table Time

I really can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving! While I will be mourning the loss of the company of my grandmother and her traditional recipes, I am also ready to create my own tablescape this year at home in Florida with my parents. I am on an anti-orange theme this Fall. I am all about the white and green for pumpkins. Of course, I always love to throw in some blue and white too.

My problem this year, was that my mom doesn’t have any blue & white china (shocking, I know). I want a crisp table, lots of candlelight, small white and green pumpkins running down the center, and a strong but soft green linen placemat with blue and white china. Unfortunately, my mom’s 90’s English yellow dining room won’t be the perfect backdrop, but I will let it slide…. :)

What ideas have you all come up with for your perfect turkey table? Here is some inspiration and all together pretty palettes that have been inspiring me for Thanksgiving.

P.S. My friend Blair from the Perennial Style made an excellent turkey for “Friendsgiving” using this technique.

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My all over color palette. I actually purchased 4 place settings of this exact pattern on amazon for $100. Really hoping the quality is okay. The sterling is from my family collection. Also, I ordered Moss Green Sferra festival placemats to go on a white Sferra linen tablecloth.  Votives scattered throughout the table will also bring a nice ambience.

 

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I love the more casual feel of this place setting with the Fench striped napkins. The rosemary on the name cards are a very nice touch.  via Eleven Gables

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The same concept of colors is seen here in this tablescape. Via Stone Gable Blog

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Soft palette Thanksgiving via Elle Decor

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A great coastal setting with white pumpkins via Sand and Sisal

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Very soft, wonderfully moody, and rustic.   Via Pinterest

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White and gold Thanksgiving Tablescape via Elle Decor. (our new national colors…kidding..ish).  :)